The 2010 IFA Paris fashion show successfully concluded with the announcement of the six winners each of whom took home a scholarship. Now that the hectic fashion show preparations have ended, we have the opportunity to speak to Mrs. Carol Sieczko, fashion design instructor at IFA Paris, to gain her insight on the school ambiance and its fashion show.Mrs. Sieczko studied fashion at Supdemod in France and has worked with labels including Froggy Paris, Coeur Metis and Catherine Vitteta. Her professional experience led to her becoming a fashion instructor at Supdemod, Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratifs de Lyon and,currently, IFA Paris. In her lectures, Mrs. Sieczko seeks to reveal the independence, rigidity and regularity of the fashion design industry. Although her class atmosphere tends to be free and easy going, Mrs. Sieczko maintains high expectations for her students. Her experience allows her impart one of the most essential pieces of industry wisdom: “even the most motivated designers are not necessarily successful at the beginning.” Throughout her course, students devote the majority of their time to enhancing their creativity, skills, motivation and attitude in order to assemble their personal collections. She blends diverse elements into her class, presenting painting, sculpture, theater and music to offer students a well-rounded curriculum. Her class emphasizes that, to become a thriving designer, one must be open-minded, adaptable, passionate, creative and a trendsetter. The theme of the 2010 fashion show, Urban Fusions, was asource of inspiration for many students. Strong and varied interpretations of this theme could be seenin the design and construction of each garment. While the instructors helped students to filter and hone their ideas, it was the students who drove the creative process that led to 450 unique garments, of which only 80 were selected to be displayed in the show on April 15. Selection was tougher than it seemed. The fashion show jury looked closely at the aesthetic, harmony, color, fabric, form and originality of each garment. Aside from the technical aspects, they also considered the students’ maturity and personal development shown during their three years at IFA Paris. When asked about the grand prize winner of this year’s show, Mrs. Sieczko said that Jade Wu’s design was distinctive, abstract and mysterious and could only be appreciated by revealing each facet of the garments. Having contributed to two graduation fashion shows, Mrs. Sieczko would like to congratulate the 2010 graduating students on their superb designs, great effort and participation that gave the public, professionals, parents and instructors in attendance a memorable show.